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Migration by location

Between 2008 and 2013, the LGA with the highest net migration to the Wellington City (+1,008) was from Christchurch City, whilst the highest net loss (-1,104) was to Auckland City.

Migration, (or residential mobility), together with births and deaths are significant components of population change in New Zealand. The movement of people into, and out of an area directly influences the characteristics of the population, and the community's aspirations. Demand for services and facilities in an area will also be influenced by the characteristics of people moving in and out, and their family status (eg. with young children).

The main types of migration in New Zealand are migration to and from overseas, and migration within New Zealand. The most common form of migration is within New Zealand, and this largely involves moves between neighbouring and existing urban areas where moves are often short.

Understanding where current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where your residents are moving to indicates areas of population growth and possible strategies councils can use to retain and attract residents.

Generally, areas of new housing growth attract residents from established areas, especially young couples and families, coastal communities attract retirees and people seeking a lifestyle change, while inner city areas, and areas near universities attract young adults. These are broad general trends, while local demographic patterns also have a major impact on population movement.

The data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years prior to the last Census.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (on 5 March 2008)'.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net gain to the area
Wellington City - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Christchurch City2,520-1,5121,008
Dunedin City1,722-1,128594
Palmerston North City1,179-684495
New Plymouth District894-420474
Hastings District873-459414
Nelson City726-375351
Napier City804-498306
Hamilton City747-456291
Wanganui District468-204264
Marlborough District438-249189

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net loss to the area
Wellington City - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Auckland City4,251-5,355-1,104
Porirua City2,199-3,297-1,098
Kapiti Coast District1,485-2,460-975
Lower Hutt City2,802-3,576-774
Upper Hutt City828-1,068-240
South Wairarapa District210-447-237
Carterton District135-282-147
Horowhenua District267-360-93
Selwyn District120-138-18
Otorohanga District15-21-6

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

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